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Government Benefits

Get information on government programs that may help you pay for food, housing, health care, and other basic living expenses. Find out about eligibility requirements for programs like food stamps, welfare, and Medicaid, and how to apply for them.

Infographic explaining government benefits for people with a low income.
  • If you have a low income and need help with basic living expenses, you may qualify for government benefits to help cover food, housing, medical, and other costs.

    Major Government Benefits Programs

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtThe federal government creates and gives money to states to run major assistance programs. Your state helps pay for some of these and may offer others too.

    Food

    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) provides eligible people with benefits cards, used like debit cards, to buy food at authorized grocery stores and farmers markets.

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtOther food aid programs offer:

    • Healthy foods to pregnant women, new moms, and kids under age 5

    • Free or low-cost meals or milk to kids at schools and daycare centers

    • Monthly food packages and farmers market coupons to seniors

    Healthcare

    Medicaid provides free or low-cost health benefits to adults, kids, pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities.

    Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốt offers free or low-cost medical and dental care to uninsured kids up to age 19 whose family income is above Medicaid’s limit but below their state’s CHIP limit.

    Housing

    Subsidized Housing, Housing Vouchers, and Public Housing programs help low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities get into affordable private or government-owned rental housing.

    Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income households pay heating and cooling bills and offers low-cost home improvements to reduce those costs. 

    Financial Assistance

    Welfare or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides cash for a limited time to low-income families working toward self-sufficiency. TANF may also offer non-cash benefits such as child care and job training.

    Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides cash to low-income seniors and low-income adults and kids with disabilities.

    Eligibility and Application Requirements

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtAll programs have income limits.

    • Most programs require you to be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.

    • Many programs have other state requirements like a family’s size and financial resources.

    Learn more about who’s eligible and how to apply for these programs at Benefits.gov or your state’s social, human, or health services office.

    Grants and Loans Are Not Benefits

    Don’t believe ads for “free government grants” to start a business or pay personal expenses. The federal government does not give grants to individuals.Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốt It awards grants to states, universities, and other organizations.

    You may be able to get a government loan to help with school, housing, and business costs, but you must repay it, typically with interest.

    Learn more at USA.gov/benefits-grants-loans.

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Benefits and Financial Assistance from the Government

If you're looking for immediate or emergency help, your state's human service or social service agency might be able to help. They can either provide financial assistance or refer you to local community organizations.

Search for Financial Assistance from the Government

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtBenefits.gov is a free website that can help you determine which types of government assistance you might qualify for. You can also find out how and where to app

  • , answer questions about yourself and your needs. Afterwards, you can find out if you’re eligible for programs to help you pay for:
    • Food

    • Health insurance

    • Housing

    • Utilities, and other necessities 

Check back with in the future to see if you’re eligible for additional benefits. You can report major life events or see if new benefit programs have become available.

Search for Benefits and Programs for People with Disabilities

Find government and local disability programs including housing, jobs, education, and health care.

Do you receive Social Security disability benefits (SSDI)? If you need help with your benefits, you can review these top questions about Social Security.

Search for Benefits for Military Veterans and Their Families

Learn about veterans benefits such as burial, education, health, and housing.

is a good place to start. It can help with unemployment insurance benefits, job training, and finding a job.

Unemployment Insurance

Am I eligible?

Unemployment insurance programs pay you money if you lose your job through no fault of your own. You must meet your state's eligibility requirements.

How do I apply?

Each state runs its own program. to find out how to apply. You may be able to file online, by phone, or in person. 

Is there anything else I need to know?

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtSome states provide extended benefits when there's high unemployment. Extended unemployment insurance benefits last for 13 weeks. You can apply for extended benefits only once you've run out of regular benefits. Check with your state; not everyone qualifies.

  • You must on your tax return.

Other Types of Benefits and Programs for the Unemployed

Educational Help

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtFederal agencies offer many . They are generally free or low cost to the unemployed.

Self-Employment Help

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốt help unemployed workers start their own small businesses. Delaware, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, and Oregon offer this program.

 is a federal nutrition program. Known previously as "food stamps," SNAP benefits can help you stretch your food budget if you have a low income.

Learn About the Types of Food You Can Buy With SNAP Benefits

If you’re eligible, you can purchase food using benefits that are issued to you monthly. You can use your SNAP benefits to buy a variety of foods for your household, including:

  • Fruits and vegetables

  • Meat, poultry, and fish

  • Dairy products

  • Breads and cereals

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtSee the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) .

Find Out If You Are Eligible for SNAP

To , you must meet certain requirements. States have income limits for SNAP recipients. They can also factor in your resources, such as money in the bank, to decide if you qualify for SNAP.  

Apply for SNAP Benefits

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtUse the . You may also apply in person at your state or local office.

How Your SNAP Benefits Work

  • Your state will issue benefits each month on a plastic electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card. Much like a credit or debit card, you can use your EBT card to buy eligible food items. You must buy them from:

  • Some states have . If your state doesn't have an EBT management website, you can contact your to check your benefits.

File a Complaint About SNAP

Whether you currently receive SNAP benefits or you're in the process of applying, you can file a complaint using these resources:

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốt to request a hearing if you have .

  • File a . You will need to give the name and the location of the store. You may remain anonymous if you choose.

  • Contact your  if you suspect fraud or abuse of the SNAP program.

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốt if you believe you have experienced discrimination in the SNAP program because of:

    • Age

    • Sex

    • Color

    • Race

    • Disability

    • Religious creed

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtNational origin

    • English proficiency

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtPolitical beliefs

SNAP Information For Retailers

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtLearn how to work with SNAP if you or if you .

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốt is a federally funded, state-run benefits program. Also known as welfare, TANF helps families achieve independence after experiencing temporary difficulties.

What help is available through TANF?

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtRecipients may qualify for help with:

  • Food

  • Housing

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtHome energy

  • Child care

  • Job training

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtEach state runs its TANF program differently and .

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtSome operate their own TANF programs.

Am I eligible for TANF?  

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtEach state or tribal territory decides who is eligible for financial help, services, or other benefits.

  • You must be a resident of the state where you are applying.

How do I apply for TANF?

To sign-up for temporary benefits, you can:

  • Apply at your local or county social services agency, or

  • for your local contact information.

How do I report TANF benefit fraud?

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtIf you suspect possible welfare fraud, contact:

What else do I need to know about TANF?

If you receive TANF, you may be eligible to receive other government benefits.

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốt .

Medicaid

What help is available through Medicaid?

provides free or low-cost medical benefits to eligible:

  • Adults with a low income

  • Children

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtPregnant women

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtPeople who are age 65 or over

  • People with disabilities

Am I eligible for Medicaid?

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtCheck with your state’s Medicaid office to see if you or your family members are . In general, it depends on at least one or a combination of:

  • Age

  • Income level

  • Number of people in your family

  • If you are pregnant or have a disability

How do I apply for Medicaid?

There are two ways to apply for Medicaid:

  • . You must be a resident of the state where you are applying for benefits.

  • .

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

If your income is too high for Medicaid, your child may still qualify for the . It covers medical and for uninsured children and teens up to age 19.

Is my child eligible for CHIP?

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốt. In most cases, they depend on income.

How do I apply for CHIP benefits?

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtYou have two ways to apply for CHIP:

  • , or call the Health Insurance Marketplace at 1-800-318-2596.

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtFill out an application through the .

What else do I need to know about CHIP?

  • You can apply for and enroll in Medicaid or CHIP anytime during the year.

  • .

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtLike Medicare and CHIP, the offers affordable, continued coverage. It's available to people with incomes that shift above and below Medicaid or CHIP levels.

  • Get information on other common types of health insuranceKết quả xổ số hôm nay tốt, such as Medicare, and find help paying for medical bills.

File a Complaint About Medicaid or CHIP

Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtIf you have a problem with Medicaid or CHIP services, you can file a complaint. These programs are managed by each state rather than the federal government. Contact your to report your issue. 

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Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtLast Updated: September 10, 2020

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